The Capital Area Health Service will open a special health clinic for women as a pilot project within the healthcare system. Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir decided to launch the project in consultation with the Capital Area Health Service. There are indications that women’s healthcare needs are not being met. The Health Service has received ISK 60 million ($485,000/€408,000) in funding for the project and it is hoped the project will gather knowledge that can be applied across Iceland.
Healthcare issues that are particularly relevant to women include menopause, contraception, domestic violence and its consequences, and various illnesses that affect women in particular. A clinic dedicated to women has been suggested as a way to address these issues more directly and improve healthcare for women overall.
The pilot project entails opening one women’s clinic in the capital area that will be staffed full-time by health professionals who have specialised experience and knowledge, e.g. doctors, nurses, or midwives. Emphasis will be placed on staff being able to diagnose and address issues, as well as having accurate and evidence-based information available to healthcare professionals, women, and the general public.
An opening date for the clinic has yet to be confirmed but preparations are now underway.